Godhra case: HC grants two months for submitting case papers

The Gujarat High Court granted two months` time to the special court to submit case papers of the 2002 Godhra train burning case, in which 11 persons have received death sentence.

Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 22:19 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday granted two months` time to the special court to submit case
papers of the 2002 Godhra train burning case, in which 11
persons have received death sentence, while 20 others have
been awarded life imprisonment.

The division bench of Justices R R Tripathi and P P Bhatt
is hearing confirmation proceedings of the death sentence. A
death sentence has to be confirmed by the High Court, as per
the law.

Special Judge P R Patel, who had given the judgement in
the case, had been asked by High Court last month to submit
all documents, but Patel wrote back saying that documents were
voluminous, and photocopying would need some time.
Some of the documents were old and not fully legible
after photocopying, so they would need to be re-typed.

High Court today gave two months` time, asking special
court to send them at the earliest.
On March 1, special court had awarded death sentence
to 11 persons and life imprisonment to 20 others, in
connection with the 2002 Godhra train burning incident, in
which 59 people died, triggering riots in the state.

PTI